Top Signs of Brake Trouble

Top Signs of Brake Trouble


Top Signs of Brake TroubleSeatbelts and airbags are great safety features of modern cars and trucks, but they have one thing in common - that they are designed to prevent injury in the event of an accident. It's the brakes, on the other hand, that can prevent that accident from ever occurring. However, this is only the case if the brake system is in healthy condition. To ensure your car remains safe to operate it is important that you give attention to any of the following 5 signs that your car needs brake repair.

Grinding or Squealing Noise

One of the most common signs of brake trouble is a grinding, squealing or howling sound that occurs during braking. This noise will be heard when the brake pads have lost nearly all, or all, of the material that makes up the pad. The resulting noise is that of metal coming into contact with metal. This greatly reduces your car's braking power, so be sure to have it addressed as soon as possible.

Pulling While Braking

When you hit the brakes your vehicle should continue in a straight line. Should it pull or veer left or right it is likely that there is uneven brake pad wear occurring. However, this issue may also be caused by contaminants in the brake fluid or a malfunctioning wheel cylinder.

Brake Pedal Vibrations

If you feel vibrations in the brake pedal while slowing down it is likely that the rotors are warped. The rotors are the discs that the brake pads rub against to generate the friction that slows the vehicle. Warped rotors need to be machined smooth or replaced to ensure maximum braking power.

Soft Brake Pedal

A soft brake pedal often indicates that the brake pads have worn very low and need to be replaced. This problem may also be caused by air in the brake lines or a lack of brake fluid, often the result of a dangerous brake fluid leak. You should not drive your car if it is low on brake fluid.

ABS Dashboard Light

The Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) light will illuminate on your dashboard if brake sensors detect some sort of problem. Head to the auto shop for proper diagnostics as soon as this light comes on to ensure that your vehicle is safe to drive.

It is imperative that you visit the auto shop as soon as you suspect brake trouble. For professional brake repair in Schaumburg for your European auto, visit the team at Import Motors. Our professional auto repair staff will ensure your vehicle is safe and reliable when you leave our shop. Give us a call at (847) 908-4863 to schedule quality European auto repair in Schaumburg or the surrounding suburbs today.


Import Motors Inc Blog
Posted: May 2, 2020

Written and Published By MORBiZ